As Carnival Cruise Lines welcomes Mardi Gras, its first ship powered by liquid natural gas, to Port Canaveral this Friday morning, every business sector that supports the cruise industry, as well as eager passengers, welcome the resumption of cruising in the United States this summer. Celebrity Cruises will offer the first cruise ship conducting passenger operations since the shut-down, with Celebrity EDGE set to sail on June 26th, 2021 from Port Everglades. Terminal security services “Despite the pandemic, physical security has been behind the scenes ensuring that safety and security protocols are met at the ports and on the ships,” said Robert Wheeler, Vice President - National Aviation/Maritime Operations at Allied Universal, a security and facility services company in North America that provides cruise terminal security services (passenger and luggage screening, access control, perimeter security, etc.) to 13 ports nationwide including the Port of Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral, and Port Tampa Bay. Physical security has been behind the scenes ensuring that safety and security protocols are met" “We have been providing cruise ship crew vaccination security for operations across Florida and California.” Several cruise lines are clients of Allied Universal including Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Group and Holland America Group. March 13 2020 was the last passenger operation before the CDC’s no sail order. Supply chain monitoring “While there have been no passenger operations for over a year, we have continued to service cruise ships for technical calls, crew movements and miscellaneous calls in Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and San Diego,” says Wheeler. Safety and security start before passengers’ board. Pre-boarding activities including supply chain monitoring, passenger and crew screening prior to boarding and re-boarding at port of call, and vetting/screening of passenger and crew luggage and shipyard cargo are all part of cruise ship security. “Once onboard, video surveillance plays a very active role in cruise ship security, interlinked with access control and identity management which help ensure passenger and crew safety, provide property protection, and provide forensic records of incidents and activities onboard,” says Wheeler. Open house hiring events Allied Universal seeks to hire 300 security professionals for access control and screening Allied Universal seeks to hire 300 security professionals for access control and screening to work at the port for cruises. The company is hosting open house hiring events on June 8, June 9, June 10, June 15, June 16, June 17, June 21, and June 22 from 10 am to 3 pm at the company’s branch office at 6301 NW 5th Way, Suite 5500, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. For full-time positions, company benefits include medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k), holidays, and more. Allied Universal is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce. Thriving security industry “We provide proactive security services and cutting-edge smart technology to deliver tailored security solutions that allow our clients to focus on their core business,” said Steve Jones, Global Chairman and CEO of Allied Universal. “Our security professionals play a pivotal part in serving and safeguarding customers, communities, and people in today’s world.” Allied Universal offers careers and long-term growth in the thriving security industry. The company has countless examples of individuals that began their career as a security professional and now are in senior leadership positions. Allied Universal invites everyone to connect with Robert Wheeler to learn about safety, security, and professional career opportunities in the maritime security cruise industry.
Allied Universal, a renowned security and facility services company in North America, announces the appointment of Robert J. Wheeler, Vice President of Aviation/Maritime Operations for Allied Universal’s National Government Services as Maritime Sector Chief at InfraGard San Diego. InfraGard is an FBI-affiliated nonprofit organization whose mission is to mitigate criminal and terrorist threats, risks and losses for the purpose of protecting the region’s crucial infrastructure and people. “The appointment of Robert Wheeler for this prestigious position showcases Allied Universal’s leadership role in the maritime security sector,” said Mimi Lanfranchi, President of National Accounts & Government Services, Allied Universal. “His personal experience and reputation in the sector, combined with Allied Universal’s role in the maritime industry, makes Robert Wheeler the natural choice for this important leadership position.” Security professional expert Robert J. Wheeler has worked in the security industry for over 20 years with both managerial and executive experience. He works with clients to solve operational issues with a particular focus on aviation and maritime ports. Additionally, he has prior public sector experience as a police officer, affording him unique opportunities for law enforcement liaison. “I am honored to be selected as the newest Sector Chief in San Diego as InfraGard offers a solid partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector, with a diverse and encompassing body of business and security professional experts,” said Wheeler. “I look forward to being able to bring my security knowledge, training and experience to the committee, and more specifically the Transportation Sector.”
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